How to Make Moisturizing Lotions March 10, 2016 09:11

Although Vancouver has a very humid climate, the dry air indoors due to heating can make skin dry and itchy. Many commercial lotions only moisturize skin for half a day (at leasts that’s my perception) and are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances.

I therefore decided to give  it a try and make my own lotion to solve the problem of dry skin. For the product I bought the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond oil
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅛ cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter

All the ingredients combined cost less than $5.00, well below any ready made cream or lotion available in conventional retail.

Lotion Ingredients

As a first step I combined all the ingredients in an old jar.
In a Jar

I then put a lid on, placed it in a pan half filled with water and turned the stove to medium heat.
double boiler

As the ingredients started to melt, I took out the glass from time to time (wear gloves as glass gets hot) and mix the ingredients in a circular motion.

After all the oils, waxes and butters were melted entirely, I filled the liquid in a 4oz metal tin and let it cool down. Before transferring the lotion to the container, I sterilized it using alcohol. Alternatively, this could be done in the oven but I would not recommend boiling it in water. The fact that this recipe does not contain any water is a plus in the sense that it has a longer shelf life / does not need any preservatives as mold or fungi shouldn’t be an issue. The product will not work with a lotion pump as it isn’t liquid enough.

Before it cools

Et voilà this is what the end product looks like:
 Finished Product!

This little tin will last for a very long time as a little of the lotion goes a long way. Next time, I would probably substitute some of the almond oil with shea butter as the lotion is a tiny bit too oily for me. Also, I definitely recommend including some drops of essential oils not only to add some great natural fragrances but also extra benefits like better skin regeneration (Lavender) or antibacterial effects (Teatree).

I’ve been using the lotion for a couple of weeks now and the winter dryness of my skin is long gone.